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Famous People of the California Gold Rush

Famous People of the California Gold Rush

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These were all people who became famous without mining for gold!

These were all people who became famous without mining for gold!

Do you recognize any of these people?

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John Sutter

John Sutter

Envisioned an agricultural empire near the American River

Wanted discovery of gold kept secret

Never did appreciate the opportunities of the Gold Rush, and left California penniless

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James Marshall

James Marshall

Discovered gold pebbles while building Sutters Mill

Feared the effects of potential prospectors, who eventually forced him off his land

Also died nearly penniless

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Henry Wells and William Fargo

Henry Wells and William Fargo

Decided to profit from Gold Rush by providing services to miners

Created Wells, Fargo & Co. for banking, mail, and stage coach services

Generated tremendous wealth as entrepreneurs

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Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss

Ran a successful dry-goods store

Patented canvas pants with riveted pockets

Now called Levis

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Born Samuel Clemens

Headed West for the Gold Rush

Became a famous writer of his experiences

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Sam Brannan

Sam Brannan

Bought all mining tools in area

Announced gold was found

Made a fortune selling tools, then other necessities, to miners

Became a millionaire

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Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree

Began acting on stages at age 6

Made lots of money entertaining miners

Later traveled the world

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Nellie Chapman

Nellie Chapman

Married a dentist and studied dentistry from him

Later practiced as a dentist with her own patients

She also wrote and composed: a talented lady!

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Eliza Farnham

Eliza Farnham

As a young widow, she was matron of Sing Sing prison

Believed women would civilize the miners

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